| Feb 10, 2015
| 4:34 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- State economists on Tuesday gave Orlando's planned $110 million Major League Soccer stadium the top ranking over three sports venues as Florida lawmakers decide how to divvy up sales-tax dollars for stadium-construction projects.
| Feb 6, 2015
| 7:09 AM
The overhaul of the Republican Party of Florida finally has led to an interim staff, though a permanent staff still is in the waiting. Veteran political adviser David Johnson will lead.
Since Blaise Ingoglia won the chairmanship in a surprise move...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 7:09 AM
Florida's five-year agreement allowing the Seminole Tribe of Florida to offer blackjack and other table games at its casinos will expire on July 31. By that time, the tribe will have paid the state $1 billion, enjoyed a gambling monopoly that has been the...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 6:18 AM
Orange County GOP Chair Lew Oliver said he saw a hostile revolt within the Republican Party of Florida last weekend when state delegates tossed Gov. Rick Scott's hand-picked state chairman for Blaise Ingoglia, who immediately shook up the party. But other...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 1:43 PM
TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would expand job opportunities in state government for Floridians with disabilities sailed through its first legislative committee Tuesday, buoyed by the support of Senate President Andy Gardiner of Orlando.
| Jan 28, 2015
| 1:50 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida's top Republicans pledged Wednesday to press for tax cuts, more education spending and a review of controversial student testing in this year's legislative session.
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 3:07 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Flush with a significant budget surplus, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called on legislators to slash taxes, boost spending on schools, while also spending more on the state's troubled prisons system.
Many of the key...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 3:01 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida's economic-development agency Friday gave support to four professional sports facilities, including Orlando's new soccer stadium, that are seeking state sales-tax dollars to help pay for construction projects.
It will now...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Last week, as my family gathered around a perfectly cooked turkey with crispy, garlic-rubbed skin and moist white meat, I gave thanks.
For my family. For our health.
And for Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes.
Why that last one? Because that...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 11:02 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $307,000, and perhaps much more, to cover legal expenses in Gov. Rick Scott's failed efforts to convince courts that a campaign pledge to drug test welfare recipients is constitutional.
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:06 PM
TALLAHASSEE — It's a new year, and hope springs eternal for the perennially outsmarted and outspent Florida Democratic Party.
While the median Floridian might be aligned with Democrats on a few hot-button issues, the median voter was not kind to...